Bioregional is on a mission to discover stories about SDG success in the built environment. Julia Hawkins shares the thinking behind this mission and invites you to get involved
A little over a year ago, more than a hundred people at Ecobuild 2018 came to Bioregional’s stand to pledge action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are the goals agreed by governments in December 2015 to set the world on a path to sustainable prosperity by 2030.
Pledges included developers resolving to incorporate the SDGs into new projects and retailers pledging to make the SDGs resonate with their customers. They also included personal commitments. For example, Ecobuild’s Managing Director Martin Hurn pledged to go electric for his next car purchase. I said I’d write to my local MP to ask her to urge the Government to implement the SDGs in the UK (I’m still waiting for her reply).
It was clear to all of us at Bioregional that while many people at Ecobuild were interested to hear about the SDGs, most hadn’t heard of them before – let alone started to integrate them into the way they do business. Given the huge impact of buildings on the environment, the economy and people, this was worrying.
So we wrote a practical guide to the SDGs for built environment companies. It recommends some actions for every target we think companies in construction and property can make most difference on, and offers a straightforward approach to getting started.
With Futurebuild 2019 swiftly approaching we’re keen to find out what progress has been made over the past year. We also want to do a bit of digging to find out more about challenges and opportunities – whether you’re an architect, a housebuilder, a property manager or a supplier.
Most important of all, we also want to hear some success stories so we can share them at the Ecobuild Conference and inspire others to make a start.
Please help us get to the heart of where the built environment is at with the SDGs by filling in this short survey. It’ll only take a few minutes.
And if you have a story to share, let me know. You can email me at Julia.email@example.com, tweet me at @JuliaMHawkins or just provide your contact details in the survey and I’ll get in touch.
Because 2030 is now.
Head of Communications and Policy